Idaho Looks to Expand Gun Rights in 2020!

The 2020 Idaho legislative session is underway, and with the Idaho primary elections looming in just a few months, there may not be much time to push solid pro-gun legislation.

So, what’s in store for Idaho’s gun owners this year?

According to Idaho Republican Representative Christy Zito (Dist. 23), there are a number of pro-gun issues that will be front and center in 2020.

“We have several issues that we are working on. First, is an expansion of Idaho’s Stand-Your-Ground law to include criminal immunity. Second, we want to strengthen our state’s firearm preemption law. Third, we want to complete Idaho’s Constitutional Carry law by removing the absurd ‘residency’ requirement inside city limits.”

Idaho recently passed an expansion of their Constitutional Carry law by lowering the age limit to 18-years-old.

However, Idaho still requires that a non-resident carrying concealed inside city limits have a permit. It’s an arbitrary requirement that needs to be eliminated.

Idaho also codified most of its Stand-Your-Ground law in 2018.

One key component of Stand-Your-Ground is still missing though: Criminal Immunity

Criminal immunity is a crucial pillar of Stand-Your-Ground because it helps deter radical anti-gun prosecutors.

Idaho has a firearm preemption statute like most states. However, one problem with Idaho’s preemption law is that it doesn’t contain any penalties for those elected officials who knowingly and willfully violate it.

Rep. Heather Scott (Dist. 1) will be working together with Rep. Zito to ensure that Idahoans get the best Preemption bill possible.

Of course, there is no telling what will happen in an election year.

There are a number of “Republican” legislators in Idaho who refuse to support some of these efforts. They insist that Idaho’s gun laws are good enough and don’t need to be improved.

Some of them flat out oppose them because they are spineless cowards.

The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is pushing hard to hold their feet to the fire and will keep voters informed about what is happening on the ground in Boise.

We will keep you updated as well!

14 thoughts on “Idaho Looks to Expand Gun Rights in 2020!”

  1. Vote for these bills to pass and vote out the liberal tyrants! This is not California and we do not need California law makers trying to change our state.

    1. Yes you are so right and I from California and one main reason im here now is liberal gun laws , leave that mess in California where it belongs

  2. Need to provide those bringing civil suits against one legally using a firearm for defense the burden of legal fees if they lose in court or arbitration.

    1. That law already exists in Idaho

      6-808. CIVIL IMMUNITY FOR SELF-DEFENSE. (1) A person who uses force as justified in section 18-4009, Idaho Code, or as otherwise permitted in sections 19-201 through 19-205, Idaho Code, is immune from any civil liability for the use of such force except when the person knew or reasonably should have known that the person against whom the force was used was a law enforcement officer acting in the capacity of his or her official duties.
      (2) The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees and costs incurred by the defendant in any civil action if the court finds that the defendant is immune from such action pursuant to this section.
      (3) As used in this section, “law enforcement officer” means any court personnel, sheriff, constable, peace officer, state police officer, correctional officer, probation or parole official, prosecuting attorney, city attorney, attorney general, or their employees or agents, or any other person charged with the duty of enforcement of the criminal, traffic or penal laws of this state or any other law enforcement personnel or peace officer as defined in chapter 51, title 19, Idaho Code.

  3. Good work! I agree with all that is being proposed to expand gun rights EXCEPT for the elimination of a concealed carry permit requirement in cities for non-residents. Non-Idahoans shouldn’t have that right, and it would make many Idahoans nervous if that change were to happen.

  4. Awesome! I love each of these bills. I agree with removing any legal costs due to stand your ground cases where guns are used in self defense.

    What about the castle doctrine? How about the issue of suppressors (i know this is federal) but any headway on that?

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